NCAA FOOTBALL HIGHLIGHTS
A review of the offensive and defensive stars, stellar plays, statistics and backstories of the games.
• Tajh Boyd, Clemson, threw for 377 yards and three TDs and ran for another score in the No. 9 Tigers’ 59-10 victory over Virginia
• Jameis Winston, Florida State, threw for 325 yards and a touchdown in the No. 3 Seminoles’ 41-14 victory over No. 7 Miami.
• Braxton Miller, Ohio State, threw for 233 yards and four TDs as the No. 4 Buckeyes routed Purdue 56-0.
• Johnathan Williams, Grambling State, accounted for seven TDs to lead the Tigers to their first win of the season, 47-40 over Mississippi Valley State.
• Adam Muema, San Diego State, ran for a season-high 233 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-30 victory over New Mexico.
• Tre Mason, Auburn, ran for 168 yards and four touchdowns to help the No. 8 Tigers give first-year coach Gus Malzahn a 35-17 win in his return to Arkansas.
• Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion, passed for 293 yards and six TDs in a 66-14 blowout win over Rhode Island.
• B.J. Denker, Arizona, ran for three TDs and passed for a fourth in a 33-28 win over California.
• Quinn Epperly, Princeton, set an NCAA record by opening with 29 straight completions, and accounted for 401 total yards and six TDs in a 53-20 win over Cornell.
• Anthony LaCoste, Air Force, rushed for a career-high 263 yards and scored three TDs to help the Falcons beat Army 42-28.
• Bill Belton, Penn State, rushed for 201 yards and a touchdown in the Nittany Lions’ 24-17 win over Illinois.
• Maty Mauk, Missouri, threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score in the No. 10 Tigers’ 31-3 victory over Tennessee.
• Connor Shaw, South Carolina, passed for four TDs and the 14th-ranked Gamecocks got five turnovers to defeat Mississippi State 34-16.
• DaMarcus James, Jacksonville State, set a school record with five rushing touchdowns in a 42-10 victory over Austin Peay. James ran for 102 yards on 19 carries.
• Richard Cue, South Carolina State, threw four TD passes and ran for 128 yards and two more scores in a 45-9 win over Savannah State.
• Malcolm Brown, Texas, ran for 119 yards and four TDs to help the Longhorns beat Kansas 35-13.
• Mike Nebrich, Fordham, threw for a school-record 524 yards in a 32-30 comeback win over Holy Cross.
• Vernon Adams, Eastern Washington, threw for 432 yards and five touchdowns in a 55-34 win at Idaho State.
• John Spooney, Brown, ran for 232 yards and two TDs in a 27-0 win over Penn.
• Rakeem Cato, Marshall, tied a career high with five TD passes as the Thundering Herd rolled Southern Miss 61-13.
• DaMarcus James, Jacksonville State, rushed for five TDs in a 42-10 victory over Austin Peay.
• Chuckie Looney, Marist, threw for 362 yards and five TDs in a 42-35 win over Jacksonville.
• Andy Rice, Drake, threw a career-high five TD passes and ran for another score in a 56-14 rout over Morehead State.
• Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois, threw for 399 yards and four TDs in a 56-21 win over Tennessee Tech.
• Zach Bauman, Northern Arizona, ran for 162 yards and a touchdown in a 48-27 win over North Dakota.
BUCKEYE WAKE-UP CALL
Urban Meyer thought Ohio State needed a pregame wake-up call. The Buckeyes answered with a quick flurry.
Interception return, touchdown. Two plays, touchdown. Six plays, touchdown. Two plays, touchdown. And that was just in the first quarter.
Doran Grant picked off the first pass of the game, scoring on a 33-yard return, and Braxton Miller threw for 233 yards and four touchdowns as No. 4 Ohio State extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 21 with a record-breaking rout 56-0 of Purdue.
Did they ever.
The Buckeyes produced the highest scoring total and most lopsided victory margin in the 56-game series, surpassing marks they set in a 49-0 victory in 2010. They handed Purdue (1-7, 0-4) its first back-to-back shutouts in six decades, and the 56-point loss matched the worst in Boilermakers history. Purdue lost 56-0 to Iowa on Oct. 28, 1922 and 56-0 to Chicago on Nov. 9, 1907.
It was hardly a surprise.
Ohio State (9-0, 5-0) hasn’t lost in 22 months. Meyer tied a personal best by winning his 22nd consecutive game, which includes his final victory at Florida.
Minus-48: Rushing yards by Michigan against rival Michigan State, worst in school history.
15: Straight home wins by No. 14 South Carolina to match a school record.
116: Career touchdowns by Clemson Tajh Boyd, breaking the ACC record of 112 set by North Carolina State’s Philip Rivers.
Mark Dantonio has always embraced Michigan State’s rivalry with Michigan, but this week the confident coach took a fairly calm approach, telling his team not to worry about all the things being said.
Dantonio’s Spartans battered their biggest rivals for the full 60 minutes Saturday, and 24th-ranked Michigan State remained unbeaten in the Big Ten with a 29-6 victory over the 23rd-ranked Wolverines. Michigan was sacked seven times and finished with minus-48 yards rushing, the worst output in the Ann Arbor program’s lengthy history.
This after the Wolverines had vowed Saturday wouldn’t be a repeat of the game in East Lansing in 2011, when Michigan State’s physicality was too much for Michigan.
Michigan State (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten) has won five of the last six meetings with the Wolverines (6-2, 2-2), and this was the Spartans’ most lopsided win in the series since 1967.
Tarean Folston scored on a 1-yard plunge with 3:47 left and Notre Dame survived a back-and-forth game with Navy, holding on to beat the Midshipmen 38-34 Saturday.
Navy had a chance to score late in the fourth quarter, but a bad pitch by Keenan Reynolds led to a 10-yard loss.
Although Notre Dame started playing USC in 1926, a year before its first game with Navy, the Irish have played the Cadets more than any other team with 87 games. That’s because the Irish didn’t play the Trojans 1943-45 because of World War II.
Notre Dame leads the series with Navy 74-12-1 and won an NCAA-record 43 straight until the Cadets won three of four games from 2007-10. Notre Dame had scored at least 50 points against the Cadets in two straight victories. Navy knew it needed to play well to win.
“We have to try to be perfect in everything we do because that’s the only way we’ll have a chance to beat them,” Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds said.
Notre Dame (7-2) clinched its fourth consecutive winning season, the first time that’s happened since 1995-98.